McCain Takes to Radio Over Coal and Stem Cells
Updated 2:17 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
Joe Biden's recent declaration to an Ohio voter that he wants "no coal plants here in America" is the focus of new McCain campaign radio ads airing in key battleground states. Biden's statement conflicted with Barack Obama's support for coal plants that emit less carbon dioxide than traditional plants and were made in a state where the coal industry is a major employer.
"No coal plants in America?" the McCain radio ad's announcer says in response to Biden's comments. "No energy independence for America? It's no surprise. After all, Obama-Biden and their liberal allies opposed off-shore drilling. Congressional liberals blocked off-shore drilling, putting special interests before our interests. Obama-Biden and their liberal allies. Too risky for our jobs, our economic future."
The McCain campaign has also started airing a radio ad in response to recent Obama campaign commercials that claim McCain opposes stem cell research. The ad notes that news organizations call Obama's claims "misleading" and "wrong," since McCain ended his opposition to such research seven years ago.
Spokespeople for the Obama campaign and Democratic Party have separately suggested McCain has contradicted himself with these radio ads, noting that the candidate decried "gotcha"-style journalism and politics and defended comments made by Sarah Palin during an interview Monday with Katie Couric, but has also approved radio ads that attack Biden for comments he made during a similar exchange with a voter.
The stem cell radio ad will air on radio stations in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a McCain campaign source.
All of the new radio messages are "hybrid ads," because the McCain campaign has split the costs with the Republican National Committee, thus allowing the campaign to spend less money on advertising and stretching its $84 million federal campaign spending grant.
Posted at 11:19 AM ET on Sep 30, 2008
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